BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

Being blown away…ART FOR WRITERS

This sculpture is made from found bits and pieces of scrap metal and part of Penny Hardy’s Blown Away series. It’s vital, full of energy and hope. There’s a totally … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Celebrating the small moments – ART FOR WRITERS

I want to celebrate the small moments we all tend to overlook. They’re the really important things… Anita Klein Anita creates feel-good pictures and prints. Born in Sydney, Australia in … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

The stories that we can’t always read…Art for Writers

First of September and for many it’s the start of something  – a new academic year, a new life,  new season in the garden – and a stepping away from … Continue reading

September 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

ART FOR WRITERS Without doubt, my favourite all-time painting Number 7 from the archive

I didn’t have to think about which painting I would choose today. It had to be Rembrandt’s The Jewish Bride This is only oil and pigment and egg (or whatever … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

ART FOR WRITERS Description doesn’t have to be realistic to be real…Picture number 6 from the archive

Looking at this wonderful seascape, I am reminded of the words of American novelist E.L. Doctorow: “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

ART FOR WRITERS a picture (and artist) I fell in love with…number 5 from the archives

I want this picture on my wall (the orginal if I’m longlisted for the Booker for the novel I haven’t written yet, or a print if I manage to save … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 · 7 Comments

ART FOR WRITERS Ice hot white… painting Number 4 from the archive

Two for the price of one today because when I was looking through the picures in this series of blog posts I was struck how essentially the same colour range … Continue reading

August 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

ART FOR WRITERS picture number 3 from the archives – a working class hero

I don’t know where I found this painting – on some pleasant thrawl through the internet I imagine. And there she was: a real woman with a big-bellied, lived-in body … Continue reading

August 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

ART FOR WRITERS picture number 2 from the archives

I was blown away by this very different way of seeing the female body and I hope you are too. I love the structure of the painting. We are close … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

ART FOR WRITERS picture number 1 from the archives

This was one of the first pictures I published in the weekly Art for Writers series and I still love it. I discovered it on Pixababy, a wonderful website that … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

A Portrait made of layers – ART FOR WRITERS

Another striking portrait this week. This is by Syrian artist Aula Al Ayoub who usually paints women.  She starts three or four projetcs at a time and keeps alternating between … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

A revealing portrait – an example of showing, not telling ART FOR WRITERS

I don’t think I have to say much about this week’s inspiring picture. It’s an arresting face staring back at the viewer, devoid of hope. The title tells us everything … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Hospital Ward, a subject for art and poetry ART FOR WRITERS

It’s an impossibly long ward and a cold one. The patients have outdoor coats on and most are staying close to the stove. But the nuns seem to be taking … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lowering the temperature & igniting the imagination….ART FOR WRITERS

It’s approaching 30 degrees where I am right now (Brighton on the English south coast)  so I was in the mood for this picture by Pascal Campion. It’s called Deep … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · 9 Comments